Google India celebrated tabla maestro Ustad Alla Rakha’s Birthday on 29th April with a beautiful doodle. It’s 95th Birthday of the legend celebrated with doodle.
Ustad Alla Rakha, Abbaji for Indian’s is sketched in doodle playing two tabla’s. It’s two Os in the logo replaced with tabla and Rakha in the Google Doodle. Abbaji wearing white v necked kurtha with small orange designed in light bluish background makes doodle pleasant. You can see the simple smile which is highlight of this musician in doodle also.
Passionate in music, at the age of 12 Abbaji ran away from home to study tabla. Rakha’s music career started officially from ‘All India Radio’ at Lahore in 1936. Now the place is part of Pakistan. He was transferred to Mumbai in 1938.
Combining with Ravi Shankar, the famous sitarist, Rakha composed many epic works. Combination of these two artists captured time within small period of time. Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock Festival in 1967 and 1969 respectively, made fame of these to legends spread worldwide.
The purity and perfection of India tabla music was introduced to western audience by Rakha. He also performed with many other legendary musicians and signers of his time. Apart from stage performances, Rakha composed music for films also.
Rakha was passionate in exploring tabla music, also, he became teacher to many students interested in tabla and transferred his knowledge about this heavenly instrument to next generation. Today also Rakha has numerous fans all over the country.
Padma Shri Award in 1977 , Sangit Natak Academy Award in 1982 are the two important achievements of his career as a musician. He died on 3rd February 2000 in Maharashtra at the age of 80 due to heart attack.
With this Google Doodle on his 95th Birthday, Rakha was honored by Google. Clicking on the doodle, you can go through his life and links of other performances in Google homepage.